FAQ

About Our Belt Drives

Why convert your bicycle to a belt drive?

1. Less Maintenance- Belts don’t need to be lubed regularly, they don’t rust, and if they get dirty just hose them down.

2. Durability- Belts wear slowly and evenly, lasting at least twice as long as chains.  

3. Clean- With no lube, there's no need to roll up your pant legs when you’re headed to work. Don’t worry about getting your hands dirty when tinkering with your belt.

4. Responsive & Smooth- With no belt stretch you feel the direct transfer of power in every stroke. Feel like you’re gliding on your ride.

5. Lighter- Belts are about twice as light as a chain. Belts are about 80% lighter than a chain, and the sprockets are only slightly heavier.

6. Quiet- The belt drive is so quiet you’ll forget it’s even there.

What are the drawbacks of a belt drive?

Belts don’t work with a derailleur based shifting system. If you want multiple gears, you would have to pair it with an internally geared hub. We do not sell these hubs, but we can recommend what would work best for you.

How long does the Split Belt last?

Belts will last at least twice as long as chains, but often 4x as long depending on care and how you ride it. Some riders have put as much as 20,000 miles on one belt drive system.

Do you run at a high tension like most belt systems?

We do not. With our fully optimized tooth profile on our sprockets, we are able to run at lower tension.

How do you keep your belt from drifting?

A perfect chainline for spot on alignment when installing your kit is crucial. The guide flanges on the Split Belt Pro also help keep the belt aligned. If you are running our Tensioner, it offers another level of guidance. 

What are the belts made from?

We use carbon fiber reinforced, nitrile rubber belts that are stronger than most belts on bikes currently. 

Do the rivets connecting the belt run into/interfere with the sprockets?

No, they do not. If you have riveted the belt correctly, the pins should be flush against the belt and not interfere with the sprockets.

 

 

Product Range and Compatibility

How will I know if I'm getting the right size?

We provide belt to chain teeth equivalence on our sprocket products so you can be sure to get the size you want. Measuring your chainstay length (spindle to rear axle) exactly is important for us to cut you the most optimal size belt for your bike.

What compatibility does Veer offer?

Currently, we only offer the M1 conversion kit that is compatible with a 5-bolt 130BCD crank and a standard 9-spline freehub body (same mounting as Sram and Shimano cassette). Disclaimer: See Split Belt Pro for future compatibility.

Does the tensioner work with a coaster break?

Unfortunately, it does not. Future systems running without tensioners will work.

Do you need the Tensioner if you have an eccentric bottom bracket, eccentric hub, horizontal or sliding dropouts?

The M1 kit requires the tensioner for belt guidance. The Split Belt Pro does not require the Tensioner if you have one of the above.

Does your kit work with full suspension bikes?

Yes, if you are running our Tensioner and the chain growth is less than 1.5 cm. A solution for bikes with more than 1.5 cm of chain growth in the works so be on the lookout for it!

Is your kit compatible with Electric bike mid-drives?

Our M1 kit is not compatible with electric bike drives that utilize proprietary sprockets. The Split Belt Pro will include options for compatibility with popular electric mid drive systems in a future release. 

Are you compatible with any other belt drives i.e. Gates, Continental, etc.?

We are not. The belts we splice are only compatible with our proprietary sprockets.

Do you offer higher gear ratios?

We currently only offer a 66-tooth beltring (42-tooth chain equivalent) and 24-tooth rear sprocket (15-tooth chain equivalent) which gives a 2.75:1 ratio. The Split Belt Pro offers a wider range of gear ratios but 2.75:1 is still the highest. We will be releasing more sprockets for higher gear ratios in the future. 

How to convert from number of chain teeth to belt teeth for calculating sprocket sizes?

Chain teeth x 1.59 = Belt teeth

Is the Split Belt M1 a single-speed conversion kit?

Yes, the Split Belt M1 is meant to convert your drive system to a single speed belt system. We will be offering more options with our Split Belt Pro release. 

Can you use the Split Belt M1 with multiple gears?

No, it is meant to be used as a single speed system. Our Split Belt Pro will offer sprockets compatible with more internally geared hubs, providing up to 14 speeds.

Does your kit fit on bikes with longer or shorter than average chainstay lengths (i.e. tandems, recumbents, etc.)?

It does! We custom cut our belts to length and can provide belts for tandems, recumbents, cargo, etc. Just provide an exact measurement of your chainstay length (spindle to rear axle) and we will do the rest.

 


Split Belt Pro/Future Development

When does your Split Belt Pro release?

We are ramping up to release the Split Belt Pro in January 2019. Be sure to join our mailing list to get updates, info, and specifics of the release.

What compatibilities will your Split Belt Pro offer?

The Split Belt Pro will be compatible with most internally geared hubs (Rohloff, Shimano, Enviolo, Sturmey Archer, etc.). Fixed gear, eBike drives, and freewheel compatibility will be released soon after. We will be offering more crank compatibilities along with a wider range of sprocket sizes for more gear ratios. This is not a definitive list and we will slowly be adding more options as demand rises. 

 

 

Purchasing, Shipping and Installation

Can I install your conversion kit myself?

Yes! We recommend having prior knowledge of bike maintenance. You just need our special riveting tool. Otherwise, your local bike mechanic should be able to install it for you.

You can find an installation video here.

Do you need a special tool to rivet the belt splice together?

Yes. We sell the Riveting Tool on our website if you are installing our kit yourself. If you are buying our kit through a bike shop they should have the riveting tool to install it for you.

Is there a dealer or bike shop in my area?

Please contact us at hello@veercycle.com for information regarding your location or contact your local bike shop to reach out to us and we can get them a kit.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do. Shipping costs vary depending on your location.

How can I receive support for my M1 kit?

You can receive full support for your M1 Conversion kit by emailing us at hello@veercycle.com. Please include your name and details of how we can help you.

Can I return my order if I don't like it? What do I need to get a full refund?

If for any reason, you do not love your Veer purchase, you may return it for a refund or exchange within 90 days. We are committed to getting you outside and on your bike to explore or just have more fun. 

If our drivetrain doesn't do that for you, then email us at hello@veercycle.com and we can help you with any returns and exchanges. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!  

All returns addressed within the US are free of charge. Returns outside of the US may need to pay a partial fee dependent on the location.

 

 

We want to make sure you benefit from a belt drive conversion. To make sure it’s a perfect match, go ahead and shoot us an email at hello@veercycle.com. Or you may fill out the contact box below with your message. Thanks!